The Canadian oil sands have significant potential and are, by far, one of the best options for meeting growing world oil demand. However, further development of this large resource faces a number of challenges. Perhaps the most damaging is the image of oil sands as a source of “dirty oil.” This is not a trivial […]
Despite much wishful thinking to the contrary, the world’s economies rely heavily on oil and will continue to do so into the foreseeable future. Although there has been some limited progress in obtaining energy from new and renewable sources, we continue to consume oil at a rate that has never been higher, and every year […]
Located in the heart of Canada’s West, the province of Alberta continues to hit national records with its robust and booming economy, low unemployment, nonstop influx of skilled workers and promising livelihood perspectives. Blessed with 170 billion barrels of economically recoverable petroleum reserves, the second largest in the world after Saudi Arabia, Alberta effectively runs […]
Mary Clark Shepherd, daughter of Dr. Karl Clark, talks about her father seeing possibilities in pioneering the hot water process for the oil sands. Learn more about Suncor Energy’s oil sands operation at http://suncor.com/en/about/272.aspx
At first glance, Alberta’s oil sands are just deposits of bitumen mixed with sand and clay. But if you look deeper, you’ll see the progress, the possibilities and the people behind the oil sands. Using current technology and under current economic conditions, 169.9 billion barrels of oil can be recovered, making Alberta’s oil sands among […]
Learn what the oil sands are and how they’re developed as well as whats being done to protect the environment, pioneer technology, reclaim land, engage communities, and provide economic opportunities. Part One: Part Two:
In his newly-released book, Black Bonanza: the Race to Secure North America’s Energy Future, noted historian and publisher Alastair Sweeny sees Canada’s vast oil sands resource as a calming, stabilizing force in the world.
Canada’s oil sands have been valued for millennia—18th century explorer Sir Alexander Mackenzie passed through the area and reported locals using bitumen and spruce gum to seal their canoes.
In November 2009, Suncor announced a $5.5 billion capital expenditure plan for 2010, and with that, the company resumed construction of its Firebag Stage 3 in situ oil sands project.
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